Celebrating our Centenarians!

Imagine navigating life against the backdrop of the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, two world wars, the Space Age, the Digital Age and many other historical events. The remarkable centenarians we serve at American Senior Communities possess a wealth of knowledge and are living historical treasures. 

What a privilege it is to share their amazing stories and valuable advice. We invite you to scroll through this photo album honoring some of the wonderful Centenarians that we are honored to serve at ASC.

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Nellie Burns

August 6, 1916

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On Nellie Burns’ 100th birthday, Mayor Mike Moore of Clark County issued a proclamation to her, a lifelong Clark County resident. Mrs. Burns has witnessed decades of Clark County history, including the construction of  major local bridges. She can recall the flood of 1937 during which her family and numerous others lost everything in the disaster. Her secret to living a long and healthy life is to have an apple a day and spend time loving and serving the Lord.

Noble Cala

August 12, 1919

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Noble and his wife have been residents at Rosegate for over two years. He actively participates in cards, chair exercises and is one of our top bean bag players. In his spare time, he enjoys working with wood and making magnets for his friends and staff members. He is always so much fun to be around, and people love conversing with him.

Norma West

January 30, 1916

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Norma West was born on January 30, 1916 in Ashland, WI and graduated from Ashland High School in 1934. She was a bank teller but spent several years as a stay-at-home mother raising her two children. Her hobbies included reading, knitting and visiting family and friends. Her advice for living a long life: “Love God and your family.”

Centenarian Opal Masters sitting in chair outside in a pink and purple blouse

Opal Masters

August 21, 1921

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Our lovely resident Opal Masters is celebrating her 102nd birthday! Opal grew up on a farm in Glenwood, Indiana. She remained there all her adult life eventually taking care of her parents along with the family farm, which is a great source of pride for her. Opal loves dogs and cats, and dotes on her nieces, Linda and Ester. Opal says that she hadn't planned on living as long as she has, but credits hard work as the reason for her longevity. "Working hard doesn't hurt anybody," said our Centenarian!

Ophia Miller

June 15, 1907

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On Ophia Miller’s 105th birthday, she was believed to be the oldest person in Gibson County. She was feted right before her 105th birthday at the annual dinner of the Oakland City High School Alumni Association. Her children are Oakland City High graduates. Good Samaritan Nursing and Rehabilitation provided transportation to the event, where Mrs. Miller was recognized as the oldest person in attendance. On her 100th birthday, Mrs. Miller was accepted as an honorary member of Phi Beta Psi Sorority of which she is also the oldest member.

Ora Little

May 13, 1916

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Mrs. Little, who drove her car until she was 99, has always enjoyed farm chores including gardening. A poet and a songwriter, her tip for living to 100 is to stay active. “Don’t fall in love with your bed or you're done for.” Her advice for the younger generation is to try your best and to make time for family.

Rachael Manges

August 23, 1911

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Rachael Manges loves quilting and crocheting but insists her sister could crochet better. She was a stay-at-home mother. “We had too many kids for me to work,” the mother of eight said. Mrs. Manges was a longtime active member at the Church of Christ in Garrett. She grew up in Montgomery County where she went to school in a horse-drawn carriage. It was at Bowers High School where she met her husband, Cline Manges, who was her history teacher. She hated history, she said, but fell in love with the man teaching it. They were married on Dec. 29, 1934.

Ralph Martin

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Reynold Frutkin

May 22, 1912

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Rennie Frutkin was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up to be a business executive, raising two sons with his beautiful wife, Anabel.

Rita Snoke

September 24, 1918

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Rita Snoke proudly acquired her teaching licenses from Ball State University in 1948. She went on to teach in Fort Wayne Community Schools for 30+ years. Her advice to others is to always be kind, help others, love your family, work hard and love God.

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